Have you ever had a feeling of regret as you finished reading a book? You knew you would miss the characters and their stories, as if they were old friends. Well, it's a little different when you are writing the book. Sure, I'm a little sorry to finish rewriting Spies are from Mars, but I'm happy about it too. Today I reached page 223 of my manuscript, which adds up to 66 700 words out of between 70 000 and 90 000, depending on the editing process.
It's exhilarating when you get close to the end and the writing goes faster, like taking a trail ride when the horse suddenly sees the barn and gallops towards it. Nothing can stop it or slow it, especially not a newbie like me, hanging on with arms and legs any way I can.
Note: In my metaphorical version of this story, the horse does not stop fast when it reaches the barn and send me flying over its head.
Update: Aug. 14, 2013. The new draft is done. Stats: 74 100 words/ 247 pages.